NEW EXHIBITION SEASON AT MOSTYN, WALES, UK, BRINGS ARTISTS TOGETHER 'IN CONVERSATION'
Exhibition Dates: 16 March - 30 June 2019
Opening: Saturday 16 March from 4.00pm - 6.00pm
Artists' Talk - Derek Boshier and S Mark Gubb will be in conversation with writer and art critic Chris Fite-Wassilak - Saturday 16 March at 2.30pm
MOSTYN, Wales UK is pleased to present two new exhibitions 'In Conversation' by Los Angeles based Derek Boshier and Wales based S Mark Gubb.
The gallery's ongoing 'In Conversation' series brings together two solo exhibitions and presents the dialogue, collaboration or similarity in exploring themes that can occur between artists. This iteration, which stems from a chance introduction through a mutual friend between Derek Boshier and S Mark Gubb, takes the series a step further with Gubb co-curating the exhibition by Boshier in collaboration with MOSTYN Director, Alfredo Cramerotti.
Derek Boshier, who first came to prominence as part of the British Pop Art movement in the early 1960s, is also known for his work with cultural icons such as The Clash and David Bowie.
The exhibition includes a range of drawings, paintings, prints and videos, along with lesser known photographic and sculptural works, and ephemera from the artist's personal collection. Through this broad collection of works and artefacts the exhibition reveals how Boshier's creativity steps beyond the studio or gallery space. Containing works from the last four decades of the artist's career, presented here is a never before seen portrait of an artist whose own work he has described as "art that's political, not political art".
The exhibition also includes works and archive photographs made in the 1970s when Boshier lived in the Welsh village of Llangadfan.
Taking Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel painting of the same name as a starting point and reference, The Last Judgement by S Mark Gubb includes a range of new and existing sculptural works exhibited as an installation.
The exhibition builds on Gubb's long-standing use of popular culture and history in his work, along with his interest in historical paranoias, created by things such as The Cold War, and in our ability as individuals to influence the world around us, for better or for worse. As part of his research for The Last Judgement, Gubb revisited classic works from art history such as Goya’s ‘Black Paintings’, key works by Hieronymous Bosch and works by the acclaimed Welsh artist, Edgar Herbert Thomas, the latter a great-great uncle by marriage.
To accompany the season a combined catalogue, funded by the University of Worcester, will be produced containing a new essay by Jonathan Griffin.
S Mark Gubb's exhibition is supported by the Arts Council of Wales.
S Mark Gubb (b.1974,UK) lives and works in Cardiff. His work has been widely commissioned and exhibited in solo and group exhibitions for organisations including Artangel, Turner Contemporary (Margate), Aspex Gallery (Portsmouth), Postmasters Gallery (NYC), Matthew Bown Gallery (Berlin), Mostyn (Llandudno), Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), ICA (London) and PS1 MoMA (NYC)
Residencies/fellowships include URRA International Residency, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011), Standpoint Futures, Standpoint Gallery, London (2010), Cove Park, Scotland (2008), Arts Council of England’s International Fellowship at Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland (2005) and The Wheatley Fellowship at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (2005)
Permanent public works include commissions for Grizedale Arts, Nottingham Contemporary, Aspex Gallery (Portsmouth) and The Welsh Assembly Government.
He is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Worcester.
Derek Boshier (b.1937) lives and works in Los Angeles. He attended the Royal College of Art where he was a contemporary amongst notable artists involved in the pop art movement such as R.B Kitaj, Allen Jones and David Hockney. It was within his ‘Image in Revolt’ exhibition at London’s Grabowski Gallery with Frank Bowling that Boshier launched his career, introducing icons of American consumer culture with the incorporation of big brand logos within his work.
Boshier’s work has been widely shown internationally, particularly in Europe and the USA. Along with numerous solo exhibitions Boshier has also appeared in several group exhibitions, including at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Tate Britain and British Museum, Brooklyn Museum and Centre Pompidou. His work is held by major public collections across Europe and the USA.
In recent years Boshier was the recipient of the Honorary Fellowship of the RCA (2016) as well as the Guggenheim Fellowship and NEA award for the arts, he is also an accomplished teacher and lecturer.
MOSTYN presents international art and culture of our time, activating people’s lives through exhibitions, cultural programmes and commercial activities. Situated in the coastal town of Llandudno, it is Wales’ foremost contemporary gallery and visual arts centre, serving as a place to form and share new perspectives through artistic/curatorial practice and audience engagement.
MOSTYN is part of Plus Tate, the UK's contemporary visual arts network.
MOSTYN receives fi,nancial support from the Arts Council of Wales and Conwy County Borough Council Art Service. Mostyn Gallery Ltd is a registered charity trading as MOSTYN.
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